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Giving, Attendance Break Records at Monongahela Valley Hospital's 27th Gala

MVH Gala Awardees photo

Monongahela Valley Hospital and 606 guests honored four Dimensions in Performance award winners at its 27th annual Gala on May 16 at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel. The awardees were, from left, Tom Simon, philanthropy; Lois C. Powala, community service; Sarah L. Wells, volunteer service and Col. Paul N. Cervone, M.D., medicine.

Giving, Attendance Break Records at Monongahela Valley Hospital's 27th Gala photo

Husband and wife Daniel Iracki, M.D., and Breast Surgeon Natalie Furgiuele, M.D., are greeted by Monongahela Valley Hospital President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. and Mrs. Cheryl Panza. The Gala raised a record-breaking $147,600 that will fund the hospital's new Breast Care Center, which Dr. Furgiuele will oversee.

Cleopatra at the MVH Gala photo

Cleopatra a la "A Night at the Museum" visited with Monongahela Valley Hospital Gala's guests, from left, Richard Wells, Auxiliary President Kay Blair, Auxiliary Past-President Ruth Antonelli and Dimensions in Performance awardee Sarah Wells (foreground).

Dancing at the MVH Gala photo

Cityscape kept the dance floor filled until midnight at Monongahela Valley Hospital's 27th Annual Gala fundraiser on May 16 at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel. In the foreground are Dan Pomposelli and his fiancé Meredith Semon, a physicist at MVH.

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(May 18, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital's 27th Annual Gala guests enjoyed a theme inspired by Ben Stiller's "A Night at the Museum," as they mingled with gargantuan dinosaur replicas, interacted with costumed actors, and perused world-famous artwork and an Egyptian-themed exhibit.

The event at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh on May 16 also honored the Hospital's Dimensions in Performance awardees. During the program, the Hospital received a national designation.

More than 600 attendees dressed to the nines filled the sprawling, elegant Allegheny Ballroom to raise a record-breaking $147,600, according to Sara Schumacher, vice president of Fund Development for MVH. The money will be used to fund MVH's new Breast Care Center.

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Top sponsors for the evening included The Curators: Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, Doctors First, Inc. and Unidine; The T-Rex: Limbach Company LLC; and The Cleopatras: Allegheny Health Network, Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy Associates, Inc. (OSPTA), Range Resources and UPMC Health Plan. The Hospital gratefully acknowledged the extensive list of sponsors in the evening's program.

The event, which was sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee and MVH's Office of Fund Development, celebrated four exemplary individuals for their commitment to excellence with Dimensions in Performance Awards.

These awards honor the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the health care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, medicine, volunteerism and civic well-being.

Tom Simon, owner of Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate Services, received the Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy. Mr. Simon helped establish the Free Care Fund at MVH to provide medical care to children regardless of insurance or their families' ability to pay. He has raised more than $131,000 for the Hospital's Free Care Fund. This award recognizes members of the community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care.

Paul N. Cervone, M.D., a well-known obstetrician/gynecologist at MVH's Valley Women's Health, received the Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine. Dr. Cervone is also a Colonel with the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, where he served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds many leadership roles at MVH including co-chairman of the Hospital's Emergency and Disaster Planning Committee, where he helps define and direct the emergency preparedness for the hospital. This award honors outstanding physicians who contribute to health care in the mid-Monongahela Valley.

Lois C. Powala, a retired vice president from National City Bank, received the Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service. Mrs. Powala traded an office for volunteer opportunities with MVH, providing community outreach with senior hospital leaders and physicians. This award honors those who are dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents and help to improve the quality of life.

Sarah L. Wells, an active member of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Resources, Inc. for 47 years, received the Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service. She is the longest-serving active member of the Auxiliary. She serves as the chairwoman of the Gift and Memorial Fund and works tirelessly in the Hospital's Gift Shop. This award recognizes people who give of their time and talents in volunteer service to the health system.

During the evening, David Bromall, Healthgrades vice president of Quality Solutions, recognized the Hospital for being named among the top 5 percent in the nation for the Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals.

"Last year when MVH received Healthgrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the second consecutive year, it was an honor," said President and CEO Louis J. Panza, after receiving the award. "However, receiving this award three years in a row, which places us among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country, is truly an accomplishment. I accept this award on behalf of all of our employees, physicians, board and volunteers who contribute to the patient experience every patient, every day, every way."

Gala 27 began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

"A Night at the Museum" concluded with photo booths, a coffee bar and a premiere variety dance band, Cityscape. Guests danced until midnight.

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